Posted on December 9, 2011, GameFront Staff Minecraft – Potion Brewing Guide
There’s more to Minecraft that just building massive fortresses — thought that is one of the fun parts. No, we’re not talking about killing monsters, but now there’s some purpose to the madness of those odd creatures in the Nether and deep below the Overworld’s surface. In some monsters there is an item used just for brewing up potions. Making your own powerful potions isn’t the easiest process, and it can be tricky to even know where to get started. That’s why we’re here to provide a quick and dirty explanation for brewing in Minecraft.
Potion Brewing Guide
Brewing Starter’s Guide
- Brewing is a fairly simple process that is complicated by the need to brew potions in a series to create more powerful drinks with positive and negative effects. Before you’ll even start, you’ll need the components for effective alchemy.
- There are four alchemical components; the Brewing Stand, the Cauldron, the Glass Bottle, and the Water Bottle. The only required items for brewing are the Brewing Stand and Water Bottles.
- Glass Bottles are simply empty Water Bottles. Fill these bottles up with water by right-clicking water, or fill them with the contents of a Cauldron. If you want to brew, you’ll need to fill the Glass Bottle with water to create a Water Bottle.
- To create a glass bottle, you’ll need to use three glass blocks and craft them in a ‘V’ shape. Just one in the center of the bottom row, and two on the left and right columns of the center row.
- Next, you’ll need a Brewing Stand. To build it, you’ll need three chunks of cobblestone on the bottom row, and one Blaze Rod in the center. Finding a Blaze Rod isn’t easy, you’ll need to travel to The Nether and kill a Blaze.
- With the Brewing Stand, right-click to bring up the brewing menu. In the first slot you can place an ingredient to be distilled into up to three other potions or water bottles to provide a special effect. The top reagent can affect up to three bottles at once if placed.
- When the process of brewing has started, you’ll see the bubbles move to the left of the reagent slot, and a pointer filling up to the right of the slot. Make sure at least one of the bottle slots is full before brewing ends, or nothing will be produced.
- Cauldrons are an optional tool to help brewing. To build a cauldron, craft seven Iron ingots into a ‘U’ shape. The Cauldron will fill up with water when a Water Bucket is used. Glass Bottles can then be filled by interacting with the Cauldron — a full Cauldron can fill up to three Glass Bottles before it needs to be refilled.
- Now that you know the tools, you’ll need some ingredients and reagents. Not every reagent is used for brewing potions, some will add special effects. Keep scrolling to see the full list of reagents and what they do for your potions.
Base Reagents are used to create the Potions you need, that can then be given special effects with Secondary Reagents, and then Tertiary Reagents. Some Base Reagents can also add extra effects to the Secondary Potions you’ve already brewed.
- Glowstone Dust: Creates Thick Potion — increases the effects of a potion but decreases the duration.
- Nether Wart: Creates Awkward Potion — No effect, but a required ingredient for most potions.
- Redstone Dust: Creates Mundane Potion — Decreases effects of a potion, but increases the potion’s effect duration.
- Gunpowder: Creates Splash Potion — Allows you to throw a potion and cause splash damage to mobs in a 3-5 block radius.
- Fermented Spider Eye: Creates a Potion of Weakness — Weakens a potion’s positive effects while strengthening negative effects.
Secondary Reagents are used in conjunction with Awkward Potion to provide unique effects. If used with just water, these reagents will only produce a Mundane Potion.
- Blaze Powder: Imbues an Awkward potion with a strength effect.
- Ghast Tear: Imbues an Awkward potion with a regeneration effect.
- Sugar: Imbues an Awkward potion with a speed effect.
- Spider Eye: Imbues an Awkward potion with a poisoning effect.
- Magma Cream: Imbues an Awkward potion with a fire resistance effect.
- Glistening Melon: Imbues an Awkward potion with an instant health effect.
These Reagents are used to create negative potions when combined with a Fermented Spider Eye. Remember, after using these Reagents, brew a Fermented Spider Eye into the potion for the desired effect.
- Potion of Harm: Brew Spider-Eyes or Glistening Melon, then a Fermented Spider Eye.
- Potion of Slowness: Brew Sugar or Magma Cream, then a Fermented Spider Eye.
- Potion of Weakness: Ghast Tear or Blaze Powder, then a Fermented Spider Eye.